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Man as a creature is inherently bored Since the dawn of time it has been the natural instinct of man to find alternative methods to enhance his being The many means by which man has turned to include sex gambling and the consumption of substances beyond the requirements of nutrition The consumption of substances can be further broken down into legal and illegal substances The question then becomes who are we to place labels on certain substances by deeming them legal and prohibit others by creating penalties for their use The issue of prohibition is certainly not a new one to our nation In 1919 the 18th Amendment prohibited the manufacture sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages Suddenly honest responsible Americans who just wanted a drink were turned into criminals Respectable bars became underground speak-easys and legitimate liquor manufacturers were replaced by criminal bootleggers Gang warfare bribery and criminal activity reached an all-time high Standards on illegal alcohol were much lower than those on the previously legal alcohol which led to the blinding or death of many consumers Finally in 1933 politicians buckled and repealed the 18th Amendment The Prohibition attempt of the early 20th century provides the perfect historical support for the decriminalization of drugs Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance It is a species of intemperance within itself for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a mans appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded The rise in violent crime over the years has been a concern to most A major cause of this increase in crime is the illegal trafficking of drugs As violent crime continues to increase we are unable to devote our financial resources and time into preventing and prosecuting those who commit crimes
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